Guided by the ethics, values, and practice principles of the social work profession, the mission of the University of Wyoming's Division of Social Work is to educate and prepare students to become effective, ethical, and competent social workers by providing quality and diverse learning opportunities toward the betterment of the human condition within the state of Wyoming, nationally, and internationally.
The Division of Social Work envisions a global community in which our graduates serve as ethical social work leaders who promote social and economic justice along with health and well-being for individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
In furtherance of its mission, the Division of Social Work embraces a set of goals that encompass the wide range of faculty activities, students' experiences throughout their academic life, and the collaborative activities among professionals who join in serving our mission. These goals include:
- Educate social work students for "frontier" generalist (BSW) and advanced generalist (MSW) social work practice that is especially relevant to rural, suburban, and transitioning communities;
- Promote appreciation for and understanding about human diversity and difference, engaging in and providing leadership to foster social and economic justice, grounded in a commitment to human rights, using concepts of sustainability, community peace-building, and professional engagement locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally;
- Educate students to strengthen, empower, and respond empathically and supportively with those in need and those who want to enhance our communities;
- Educate students to engage in meaningful professional relationships, becoming professionally competent to work intergenerationally (i.e., across and among people in their different and unique developmental experience), fostering growth and change using a wide range of evidence-based professional skills;
- Promote the development of professional social work knowledge through scholarly, creative activities;
- Foster the development of and engagement in interprofessional networks and collaborative organizational relationships to examine and better understand the social, psychological, geopolitical, and economic issues facing families and their members as well as the pressing health and behavioral needs of community residents; and
- Promote the recruitment of potential social work students by promoting social work as a viable career path.